21 Guest Books That Make Great Keepsakes

Yes, the guest book is a record of all the friends and family who attended your wedding. But it can also be a sentimental keepsake that you use or display after your wedding day. Make your alternative guest book something that reflects you as a couple: a collection of corks for the wine enthusiasts, a surfboard for the beach bums or a baseball bat for sports fans. Set up the objects at a table at your reception where guests will be sure to stop and include a sign explaining what you want them to do. Need ideas? See what keepsakes these 21 couples chose to remember their wedding day guests!

Antique Plate Collection

From the album: A Timeless Irish Wedding In Wickliffe, OH


From the album: A Vibrant Wedding In Coronado, CA

Wooden State Cutout

Photo Book

From the album: A Playful Modern Wedding In Los Angeles, CA

Personalized Serving Platter

“Message In A Bottle” Display

Baseball Bat

From the album: A Ranch Wedding In Cooperstown, NY

Photo Puzzle

From the album: A Romantic Casual Wedding In Carillon Beach, FL

Rock Collection

Jenga Set

From the album: A Casual Beachside Wedding In St. Pete Beach, FL

Family (And Friends) Tree Painting

From the album: A Rustic Romantic Wedding In Savannah, GA

Guest “Log” Poster

From the album: A Contemporary Garden Wedding In Austin, TX

Vintage Postcard Collection

From the album: A Preppy Traditional Wedding In Palm Beach, FL

Art Deco Poster

From the album: An Outdoor Holiday Wedding In Winter Park, FL

Travel Map With Pins

From the album: A Travel Themed Wedding In Brooklyn, NY


From the album: A Fiesta-Style Wedding in Scottsville, VA

Cork Collection

From the album: An Outdoor Wedding In Wayzata, MN

DIY Hearts Poster

From the album: A Pink And Navy Wedding In Ariel, WA

Ampersand Sign

From the album: A Vivid Springtim Wedding In Bellingham, WA

Photo Booth Strip Scrapbook

From the album: A Romantic Summer Wedding In Seattle, WA

Canvas Painting

From the album: A Vintage Casual Wedding In Austin, TX

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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